Year 4

Smooth moves

Every single thing on Earth, living and non-living, can be affected by this external influence. It can change the motion, direction and shape of anything, by direct contact and even from afar! It’s force of course - pushes and pulls! Explore friction, gravity and compare how different sized forces can affect an object.

Smooth moves addresses AC Science Understanding ACSSU076 Forces can be exerted by one object on another through direct contact or from a distance, through the context of exploring how forces affect the movement of objects around them.

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Smooth moves provides students with hands-on opportunities to:

  • exploring and representing the effects of different sized forces on rollable objects
  • exploring and representing how friction affects objects when they are pushed
  • exploring and representing the force of gravity acting on objects around them

Students apply their new learning by:

  • planning and conducting an investigation into the effects of different sized forces on the motion of objects

Linking science with literacy

In the Primary Connections approach, students are supported to create representations that draw on and strengthen their literacy development. In Smooth moves, students represent and explain their understanding about how forces can be exerted by one object on another through direct contact or from a distance, by creating these representations:

  • Annotated drawing
  • Force-arrow diagram
  • Graph
  • Narrative
  • Role play
  • Story board
  • Data table
  • Word wall

This is a classic Primary Connections sequence aligned with the Australian Curriculum V8.4. It is only available as a downloadable package.

The Smooth moves sequence package includes all the resources you need to teach this sequence, including:

  • The Smooth moves unit PDF
  • Equipment list
  • Australian Curriculum v8.4 alignment
  • Student eResource sheets
  • Assessment resources:
    • Assessment rubrics
    • Work samples
    • Student self-assessment
    • Achievement standard class checklist

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